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Home Building AutomationThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and LonMark International recently announced two new standards available for home and building automation. These standards provide multiple parties – including users, developers, vendors, integrators and specifiers of open building control systems – a mechanism to develop and deliver a higher level of device-to-device interoperability using any open control networking communication platform.

“Our intent is to offer to the market a very proven, well adopted approach to solving the Internet of Things (IoT) interoperability issue,” said Ron Bernstein, chief ambassador for LonMark International. “These profiles can be de-coupled from the core ANSI/CEA-709.1 control network protocol and be implemented on any transport, providing a unique opportunity for other standards development bodies to jumpstart their interoperability efforts.”

Added Bernstein, “The process of taking the LonMark documents through the CEA standards process proved to be exceptionally efficient. With the help of key CEA staff and committee members, we are very pleased with the process and with the initial outpour of interest.”

Standard Specifications:
• CEA-709.5 Implementation Guidelines defines the application layer requirements for interoperable devices and how they share key information, status and data across an open control network. Typically deployed on an ANSI/CEA-709.1 LonWorks® protocol network, these application elements define how to interact with disparate devices from multiple vendors in the same system. This significantly improves the system installation time and integration of typical home and building systems by defining units, range and resolution, configuration, and enumeration requirements along with device self-documentation information within the standard. The new standard now enables other transports the option of adopting a common application layer element description library.
• CEA-709.6 Application Elements built upon the .5 Implementation Guidelines by providing a catalog of more than 100 common device profiles, with more than 380 specific implementation options. These profiles define the mandatory and optional design requirements for standard data variables, standard configuration properties, enumeration types and standard interface file requirements. This extensive library of device profiles includes definitions for a broad collection of devices for HVAC, Lighting, Security, Access, Metering, Energy Management, Fire and Smoke Control, Gateways, Commercial and Industrial I/O, Gas Detection, Generators, Room Automation, Renewable Energy, Utility, Automated Food Service, Semiconductor Fabrication, Transportation, Home Appliances and others.
“LonMark’s member community has helped build standards over the last 22 years,” said Dave Wilson, vice president, technology & standards, CEA. “Given that level of dedication and contribution to the sector, we wanted to ensure that taking the LonMark documents through the CEA standards process would be exceptionally efficient. As the initial outpouring of interest indicates, the process worked quite well.”

These new standards were developed in task groups with topic experts contributing to a final consensus for each device profile. A complete testing and certification program offered by LonMark International ensures compliance to the standards. CEA is the natural home of these standards for the U.S. market, with many new profiles and standards updates planned for the future.

 

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Owning your own business is something many of us have dreamt of doing. Who wouldn’t want to be their own boss? It is a valid question that many entering the electrical trade consider. However, dreams tend to create an image that doesn’t always suit reality. Surviving in the residential electrical market involves a lot of out of the box thinking and as we have said and can’t stress enough, hard work. To gain insight into the various challenges faced by small electrical contractors EIN sat down with Steve Beeby, Master Electrician, and owner/operator of Beehive Electric, as small residential electrical contracting company based in Elmvale, Ontario.

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CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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